Regional T & F Championships
A major event this weekend was the Northern, Southern and Midland T & F Championship, major events for every athlete and often the pinnacle of their summer season. Sale had representation in all three. At Sportcity for the Northern Championships, blustery winds and rain made conditions far from ideal for running faster, jumping higher and/or throwing further. Nevertheless, there were many fine club performances.
The club's legendary hammer thrower and stalwart, Mike Floyd, claimed his twelfth Northern title, a record not likely to be easily surpassed. Coached by Kevin Madden at the Wythenshawe site, he also became the seventh British men's hammer thrower to better 70 metres in a competitive event. His club colleague and Britain's current No.1, Olympic finalist Alex Smith finished in just fifth place. Well done, Mike!
It was the sprint's section that had the greatest success. Foremost among them were U17 Gabrielle George and U23 Kadeena Cox. Gabrielle won the U20 200m silver medal and recorded a lifetime best in the 100m final. U23 Kadeena Cox won the senior 200m silver medal and also recorded PB's in both her heats and100m final. Callum Roughneen won silver in the U20 200m and, though not technically a sprint event, Jack Andrew, coached by Chris Bartram won the U23 110m hurdles bronze medal with a fine PB also. SWprinters who PB'd were Umar Hameed (100m), Jack Seddon (U20 100m), Zenon Wisniewski (U20 100m) and Nathan Harris (U20 100m)
Heptathlete Jessica Taylor was the club's most successful individual athlete. She won silver medals in the long jump and javelin; bronze in the high jump and 100m hurdles and big PB's in the hurdles, shot and javelin. In form Jess is now appealing for a heptathlon competition. Can someone facilitate her!
The field events section was also successful. U20 Lisa James took the senior long jump title as did U20 Natasha Wilson in the senior javelin competition. There were also three silver medallists - Emily Cummings (U20 High Jump), Sarah Mc Keever (U20 pole vault) and Jacob Brown in the long jump. Andrew Burgess was also the long jump bronze medallist.
The club's middle distance only had Robert Flannery from the club compete. Rob ran a fine 3000m steeplechase clocking a season's best of 10:01.99 - highly commendable striving for a return to his best form when he did a PB of 9:31.8 way back in 2005.
In the Southern Championships Sale boys recorded 1 and 3 in the 100m. Andy Robertson took the Southern title and Gabriel Odujobi the bronze medal. Rosie Semenytsh also took Southern the javelin title with a fantastic new PB.
In the Midland Championships, Nick Gayle won the 110m hurdles title with Darren Lewis the bronze medalist.
(Researched and written by Fechin Mc Cormick. To view videos of the track events check out ... http://www.vincosport.com/videos/ )
Posted 25/06/2013 11:51